NW Poll

Sick Day Stigma

Thursday, October 21, 2021by  PEMCO Insurance

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According to the latest 2021 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, more than 60% of Seattle and Portland residents are somewhat or much more likely to use their sick days now (vs. pre-pandemic times) when they’re feeling under the weather or their child is home sick. How likely are you to use a sick day?

Do you think more people will have colds or the flu this coming season compared to last season at the height of the pandemic?

TotalPortland Metro
835416Total
3331I strongly agree that more people will have colds or the flu
3938I somewhat agree
1113I somewhat disagree
56I strongly disagree that more people will have colds or the flu

Do you think more people will have colds or the flu this coming season compared to last season at the height of the pandemic?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
2537I strongly agree that more people will have colds or the flu
4235I somewhat agree
1412I somewhat disagree
66I strongly disagree that more people will have colds or the flu

Compared to how you behaved before the pandemic started, which of these actions, if any, will you take to prevent yourself from getting a cold or the flu this season?

TotalPortland Metro
837417Total
6868I will wash my hands more often
6767I will do my best to stay away from people who are sick
6463I will stay home when I’m sick so that I don’t give my illness to others
5453I will wear a face covering more often than I did pre-pandemic
5356I will sanitize surfaces more often
4749I will get a flu shot
67None—I won’t take any actions that are different

Compared to how you behaved before the pandemic started, which of these actions, if any, will you take to prevent yourself from getting a cold or the flu this season?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
6176I will wash my hands more often
6369I will do my best to stay away from people who are sick
5670I will stay home when I’m sick so that I don’t give my illness to others
4759I will wear a face covering more often than I did pre-pandemic
4759I will sanitize surfaces more often
4850I will get a flu shot
124None—I won’t take any actions that are different

How, if at all, has experiencing the pandemic changed the way you think about staying away from people who are sick or not feeling well (or keeping your children away from others who are sick or not feeling well, if appropriate)?

TotalPortland Metro
835417Total
5656As a result of the pandemic, I’m much more likely to stay away from people who are sick
2019I’m somewhat more likely to stay away from other people who are sick
99I’m a tiny bit more likely to stay away from other people who are sick
11Experiencing the pandemic will make me less likely to stay away from other people who are sick
1012Experiencing the pandemic will not change how likely I am to stay away from other people who are sick

How, if at all, has experiencing the pandemic changed the way you think about staying away from people who are sick or not feeling well (or keeping your children away from others who are sick or not feeling well, if appropriate)?

Portland Metro
MaleFemale
5062As a result of the pandemic, I’m much more likely to stay away from people who are sick
2117I’m somewhat more likely to stay away from other people who are sick
108I’m a tiny bit more likely to stay away from other people who are sick
1519Experiencing the pandemic will make me less likely to stay away from other people who are sick
12Experiencing the pandemic will not change how likely I am to stay away from other people who are sick

Before the pandemic, how often did you feel pressured by your manager or employer to come into work, even if you weren’t feeling well?

TotalPortland Metro
483229Total
2624Often
2628Sometimes
1618Rarely
2624Never

Before the pandemic, how often did you feel pressured by your manager or employer to come into work, even if you weren’t feeling well?

Portland Metro
< 5555 +
270Often
2822Sometimes
1715Rarely
2052Never

Compared to before than pandemic, how much more likely are you to take sick days off now (either when you’re sick or your child is sick)?

TotalPortland Metro
483229Total
5450Yes
4044No

Compared to before the pandemic, how much more likely are you to take sick days off now (either when you’re sick or your child is sick)?

TotalPortland Metro
483229Total
3530I’m much more likely to take sick days off now than I was before the pandemic
2933I’m somewhat more likely
2629I’m neither more nor less likely now
31I’m somewhat less likely
23I’m much less likely

Compared to before the pandemic, how much more likely are you to take sick days off now (either when you’re sick or your child is sick)?

Portland Metro
< 5555 +
3026I’m much more likely to take sick days off now than I was before the pandemic
3519I’m somewhat more likely
2652I’m neither more nor less likely now
20I’m somewhat less likely
40I’m much less likely

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll

PEMCO Mutual Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 400 respondents in the Seattle Metro (King, Snohomish, Pierce Counties) region and 400 respondents in the Portland Metro (Multnomah, Marion, Clackamas, Washington Counties) region yields an accuracy of +/- 5.0% respectively at the 95% confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance

PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more. 

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